ACE Weekly Updates

July 17, 2019

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Welcome Back ACE Principals!

We are so grateful to be entering our 5th year of ACE and are humbled by the successes you have achieved at your campuses. You have reinforced the belief that greatness is really about people --- "Great schools start with great people. No matter where you go, when you see students inspired to reach for their dreams, you invariably encounter a visionary leader, expert teachers, and dedicated support staff."

We are so excited about our focus this year on leadership with our motto for the year being, "Taking Off with Leadership!" We are going to embrace our coyote and create models of excellence where courageous leadership is the norm and we create campuses that are beacons of hope for their community, committed to equity for ALL. Where leaders foster a culture of community with inspiring relationships, high expectations, and growth mindset. Where teacher leaders carryout the campus mission with fervor and joy working side by side with their colleagues in complete trust and courage. Where students run into their school excited to begin a new day of learning and growing.

We know this will be an important year for us--a year that our "flywheel" takes off with unstoppable momentum! In the words of Brene Brown, "We are going to choose courage over comfort. Choose whole hearts over armor. And choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid. At the exact same time."

We look forward to this year of learning together; best wishes for a productive week back!

-ACE Core Team

Chief Elizalde's quote of the week: “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

~ Malcolm X

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Calendars & Upcoming Training

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July 18: Diverse Learners Training

School Leadership will be hosting a training on Special Populations [Advanced Academics, Bilingual/ESL, and Special Education].


Please log into Cornerstone to select your choices for your afternoon sessions.

July 18: Job Fair

Greetings School Leadership,

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Large Scale Teacher Job Fair this Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Emmett J. Conrad High School from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event has been promoted for teachers and all other campus based positions such as: Campus Instructional Coach, Media Specialist, Counselor, Paraprofessional, etc. To view information regarding campus attendance, please review the attached memo that was sent through our district WAIP. We also ask that you review the principal information packet along with the attendee summary report prior to attending.

(Job Fair Packet) (Interview Rooms) (Attendees Information) (WAIP Memo)

Important Updates:


  • There will be assigned parking for Executive Directors, Leadership, & Principals both at the front & back of the school. (Please see maps)


  • During the event, we ask that your school indicates all of your campus vacancies on the “We are looking for” sign.

Interview Space:

  • Aside from each campus table, interview rooms will be available and have been assigned by Executive Director/s. Please see the attached Interview Room Map for reference.


  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Principal Check-In
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Candidate Check-In
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Early/Priority Entry
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Candidate Entry
  • 6:00 p.m. -- Conclusion of Job Fair

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Diana Castaneda at or Chele Andreason at We look forward to having a successful event and appreciate your attendance!

July 22: TEI Training

TEI and Compensation UPDATE

The TEI rubric has been updated. To ensure all principals and assistant principals have the latest information and understanding of the TEI rubric, the following training will be held on Monday, JULY 22ND : 8:30-10:30 CONRAD HS, Room O-509

In preparation for this training, please score the videos linked below using the new updated TEI rubric.

Updated TEI Rubric

4th RLA Video

5th RLA Video

July 23-25: Teaching Trust Training (District-Wide: Principals & APs)

All Principals & APs will be attending the Teaching Trust training July 23-25. See agenda below.

*Principals, we will huddle during lunch to go over our 2019-2020 plan (Room TBD).

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ACE Summit: August 1-2, 5

We cannot wait to see all ACE 2.0 & 3.0 Principals, Assistant Principals, Campus Instructional Coaches, and Teacher Leaders (Content, Sped, TAG Only) at the ACE Summit to kick off the 2019-2020 school year.

Important: We have moved the Summit to Cesar Chavez Elementary and will share more details next week!

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Back to School Resources & Information

New Campus Websites

New Campus Websites for 2019-2020

Every Dallas ISD school will get a new campus website template for the 2019-2020 school year. The rollout is scheduled to begin in July. The Communication Services team will provide campuses with resources, training, and support. See the WAIP 05/30/19 for details.

Mandatory Training for Campus Administrative Support Staff & 2019 Business Academy

Training for Campus Administrative Support Staff

School Leadership is hosting a mandatory training for all campus administrative support staff including CRC’s, Data Controllers, and Registrars. Please ensure that administrators are aware of dates included in the WAIP 06/13/19.

2019 Business Academy

See the WAIP 05/16/19 for information regarding the schedule for the 2019 Business Academy. Attendance for campus office managers and financial clerks is mandatory. Central staff administrative assistants, timekeepers, and budget managers are also highly encouraged to attend.

2019-2020 Student Specialized Program Assignments

The Special Education Department will be delivering parent letters and transportation information to campuses no later than Friday, May 24th for students in specialized programs who will attend different campuses for the 2019-2020 school year. New campus assignments reflect the promotion of students between program levels (i.e., transitioning from middle to high school) or the relocation of certain specialized program. Please ensure letters are sent home to keep parents informed of their students’ campus assignments. Additionally, it is important that Case Managers and Data Controllers are updating students’ school locations and/or transportation forms in Easy IEP and PowerSchool. If the student’s next year’s school location is not set in PowerSchool, the student will be withdrawn and access to student’s information will be unavailable at the start of the new school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Special Education Campus Support Supervisor.

*Check out the professional learning the Special Education Department has to offer!

2019 Gold Ribbon Schools

See the attached list of “Gold Ribbon Schools” that have been identified by Children a Risk. There are lot of schools to celebrate!

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Items Due

Campus PD Calendar & August PD Agendas

Please upload your campus PD calendar & August PD Agendas to our ACE Google Folder here by August 7th.

*We know these are living documents that will change throughout the year based on differentiation.

Campus Leadership Designees

School leadership has developed a list of campus designees into one site. Please ensure that principals complete the campus designee link in the 2019-2020 Principal Handbook no later than Friday, August 23, 2019.

Urban Teacher Resident Selections 2019-2020

Please notify Urban Teachers or HCM of your host teacher assignments for the Urban Teachers residents that will be on our campuses this school year.

You may reply directly to this email with the names of your host teachers or you can update it directly HERE. We kindly request these names and contact information by this Friday, July 19th.

Contact Tina Green for questions,

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